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Jakarta Post

Coffee industry, climate change in SE Asia

  • Jamal M. Gawi

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 3 2018   /  01:12 am

Southeast Asia is blessed with land and climate that is favorable for growing coffee, one of the most tradable agriculture commodities in the world. Coffee from Southeast Asia is well known for its exotic taste and is recognized as among the most aromatic and delicious coffee beans in the world.

Vietnam and Indonesia are Southeast Asia’s main coffee-producing and exporting countries. Vietnam, the second-largest producer and exporter in the world, exports more than 1.5 million tons of coffee beans a year, with a total value of US$3 billion in the 2006 to 2016 period. Indonesia, the world’s third-largest producer, exported 600,000 tons in 2015 with a total value of $1.2 billion.

Other ASEAN countries, such as Thailand, Laos, and the Philippines, are trying to catch up with Indonesia and Vietnam, making coffee one of the most tradable commodities in the region.